With winter right around the corner, now is the ideal time
to get ready. The winter months can lead to poor driving conditions, bad
weather, and cooler temperatures, which can drastically affect your driving
ability. Preparing your car for winter is simple, as long as you keep some
basic things in mind, such as maintenance, an emergency roadside kit, and so
According to US News, one of the first things you should do is check the coolant/antifreeze system. You should generally mix a 50/50 blend of water and antifreeze to prevent your engine block from cracking. Coolant will maintain proper temperature levels within the engine, but it’s important to remember to add antifreeze.
You’ll also want to check the tire pressure and tread. Air
pressure can change with temperature, which means your tires may lose inflation
as the weather gets cooler. While you’re checking the pressure, be sure to look
at tire conditions as well. If you notice any cracking, bulges, or bald spots
on the tread, you need new tires before the weather gets bad.
Next, put together an emergency roadside kit. You should
keep blankets, a first-aid kit, gloves, and an extra ice scraper. Many people
prefer to keep an empty gas can in case they run out of fuel, as well as
high-energy, shelf-stable snacks and drinking water in case you get stranded.
For all your winter maintenance prep, give us a call or stop by and see us at Midwest Superstore so we can keep you safe throughout the entire season.
Are you looking for some family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween in Hutchinson throughout the month of October? Here at Midwest Superstore, we have a few fun ideas for you to try out.
“Boo”seum Spook Walk
On Oct. 15, head to the Reno County Museum with the kids to explore the museum and ghosts from Reno County’s past. Dress your children up, bring a bag or bucket for candy, and watch your children make friends and learn at the same time. The cost is $2.50 per child; adults accompanying children enter for free. Learn more here.
Space Out Saturday:
Halloween in Space!
In honor of the 50th anniversary of our lunar landing, the Cosmophere Lobby will be hosting this event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19. Kids can learn about the International Space Station and create their own spiders using Styrofoam cups. The day includes an Innovator’s Workshop (ages 5 to 10), Storytime (ages 5 or younger), and Space Trek (ages 5 to 10). Learn more here.
Boo at the Zoo
Take the family to the Hutchinson Zoo on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear non-scary Halloween costumes. They can enjoy candy, prizes, games, and bounce houses. Learn more here.
Here at Midwest Superstore, one of the things we like best about fall is all the local autumn fests. Nearly every city and small town in Kansas hosts its own celebration, and each of these four fall festivals near Hutchinson is worth a visit.
Each year, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. One of the highlights is the Run for the Poor 5K. This year’s race and festival will be held on Sept. 28.
The 12th Annual Rod Run Classic Car Show is coming to Hutchinson on Oct. 4-5. A free barbecue dinner will be offered on the evening of Oct. 4. On both days, there will be live music, craft beer, and fun activities for kids.
The town of Stafford will celebrate its 30th annual
Oktoberfest on Oct. 5. The festival includes delicious food, fun activities,
and live music. It all happens downtown.
Bethel College Fall Festival
Head east to North Newton and have fun at the annual Bethel
College Fall Festival. This year’s event will take place Oct. 12 and coincide
with the school’s first home football game of the month. The fun really starts Oct.
10 with the Taste of Newton, with fun activities across campus Oct. 11 and the
festival itself the next day.
Here at Midwest Superstore, we’ve found many lovely places to vacation in Kansas. From natural wonders to hip, culturally rich college towns, there’s plenty to see in the Sunflower State.
When the ideal vacation is one packed with
museums, arts, and gardens, Wichita makes a great destination. This city is
home to 33 museums, including Old Cowtown Museum, Exploration Place, and the
Wichita Art Museum. The Botanica botanical garden is located on the Arkansas
River and offers a breathtaking display of plants and butterflies.
Rocks National Natural Landmark
This national landmark may require a little
detour, but it’s worth a vacation day for anyone interested in geology and
fossils. The site includes gorgeous spires, pinnacles, and buttes, plus many
fossils from Cretaceous marine animals.
Lawrence is located on the eastern end of
Kansas and is packed with culture and history. With frequent live music, live
theatre at the Black Box Theater, and lots of pleasant outdoor spaces, this
college town is a great place to spend a weekend.
Bottoms Wildlife Area
The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is a great
vacation destination for birdwatchers. This 41,000-acre natural land sink is
beneath the Central Flyway, making it an amazing place to watch migratory
For more information on our favorite vacation spots or to upgrade your vehicle for your upcoming road trip, stop by Midwest Superstore!
Preparing your car for spring is key for maintenance and retaining resale value. From basic service to cleaning, there are a range of easy things you can do to greet the warmer weather.
First, check the tires. Look for bulging, cracking, and bald
spots, each of which is a sign you need new tires. Check the tread as well.
Take a penny, flip it upside down, and place it in the middle of the tread. If
you can see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. While you’re at it, check the
tire pressure, too.
Next, give your vehicle a good cleaning. It’s always
important to remove clutter that’s built up over the winter. Be sure to vacuum
to preserve the upholstery and carpet. If you have leather, condition it once
the weather is warmer.
Top off fluids in the spring as well. You’ll want to get an
oil change, but, in addition to that, check the coolant, brake fluid, power
steering, and transmission oil. Your local auto parts store should have all the
fluids your car needs.
Finally, check your wheel alignment. Most garages will check
it when you get an oil change, but you’ll also want to be sure they do a
thorough job centering everything. If your vehicle pulls to one side as you
drive, it may be a sign of bad alignment — and the spring is a good time to fix
If you are in need of some spring maintenance, give us a call or visit our website to schedule your service appointment today!
If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re here to help! Here are some festive Saint Patrick’s Day events in and around Hutchinson, Kansas.
ShamWalk 2019 (Hutchinson)
This yearly event lets you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in
a fun, group setting. This pub crawl is a group event that will give you a
“Punch Card” to use at participating establishments. There are giveaways,
activities, and t-shirts. The event typically takes place the weekend before
Saint Patrick’s Day, meaning the bars you visit won’t be too crowded.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Wichita)
If you’re up for a short drive, you’ll love the Saint
Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 in Wichita’s historic Delano neighborhood. This
parade is full of vintage cars, lively bands, and plenty of floats. A “Paddy’s
Parade Pit Stop” will take place at 810 W. Douglas, where you can enjoy food
trucks and games.
Aero Plains Brewing St. Paddy’s Day Block Party (Wichita)
Enjoy this block party thrown by Aero Plains Brewing, where the festive-colored beer will be flowing. Huffy and the Night Train and Ten Day Wish will perform live music. Five different food trucks will be on hand to serve yummy local eats. This event will take place on March 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To find out even more about some Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, or to celebrate with us, stop by Midwest Superstore!
With the turn of the calendar year, it’s the perfect time to set resolutions that will benefit you all year. In 2019, make the commitment to properly taking care of your vehicle and making sure that it performs at its best year-round. Here are a few tips on how to prep your vehicle for the New Year:
winter service prep. Winter is already here, but there is still plenty of
winter weather left to come. If you haven’t already prepped your vehicle for
winter, now is the time to do so. Check your tires (pressure and tread) and
swap them out for winter tires if needed. Also check your windshield wiper
blades and fluid levels, making sure that you’re all set for the New Year. If
you’re behind on oil changes, get one now to start the year off on the right
foot, and consider getting winter-grade oil that performs better in low
- Self care
for your car. Take the time to clean out your car for the New Year and make
sure it has everything you need, like a phone mount and plenty of entertainment
options to enjoy while on the road. Since Americans spend so much time in their
vehicles, this prep will make your days and overall driving experience more relaxed
Start your year off right with a trip to Midwest Superstore, where our experienced technicians can make sure your car is in shape to get through the cold Kansas winter.
The best Christmas lights in the Hutchinson area are often widely advertised, but there are events just a short drive away you won’t want to miss, too. Check out these Christmas light attractions near Hutchinson!
Nights Before Christmas
Each year, the Hutchinson Zoo hosts the Nights Before Christmas where visitors can take in a spectacular light show via holiday train. The HCC automation engineer technology students produce the show each year. Families can take pictures with Santa, drink hot cocoa, and eat cookies while they take in a wonderland of Christmas lights. Nights Before Christmas is open on Dec.7, 8, 14, and 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Zoo members get to enjoy the event for free.
Wichita may be nearly an hour from Hutchinson, but Illuminations is worth every minute on the road. Located in Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Illuminations may be Kansas’ best Christmas light display. More than a million lights illuminate the garden through Dec. 31. A beautiful fireworks display will close out 2018 in style. Garden members can purchase entry for $7. Non-members can get in for $10.
Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday
What’s better than getting into the Christmas spirit? How about adding dinosaurs into the mix? At Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday, that’s exactly what happens. Located in Wichita, this unique attraction features 44 dinosaurs wrapping gifts and decorating trees with lights and ornaments. This lighting event takes place through December 23, at Field Station.
To make sure your vehicle is ready for all your Christmas adventures, schedule a maintenance check with the trained service technicians at Midwest Superstore.
Trunk or treat is rising in prominence in recent years, as more and more communities dedicate themselves to providing a safer and more reliable spot for young children to gather their candy on Halloween, surrounded by people they can trust. Part of the fun of trunk or treat is decorating your vehicle, so here are some ideas.
All you have to do for this one is get a green tarp with some giant googly eyes, stick some frog legs made of cardboard on the side, and have a long red tarp falling out of the mouth for a tongue.
If you want your theme to expand beyond your vehicle, this can be a fun one. Set up several tables with tablecloths in front of your open trunk, along with some small display cases for “bakery goodies,” or candy. You can nail home the cafe vibes by putting a fake awning on your liftgate.
Mad Scientists’ Lab
Stick some caution tape and a biohazard sign around your vehicle, then set up a table with beakers and vials full of water with food coloring. Don’t forget the white coat, gloves, or safety goggles!
This is a pretty simple one for somebody without much time, money, or artistic talent. All it takes is putting some giant vampire teeth on the trunk of your vehicle! You can find ways to spice it up with some giant eyeballs or bat wings.
If your car is scary without a trunk-or-treat costume, let the team here at Midwest Superstore find a ride that’s right for you.
Celebrate summer with these family-friendly outdoor activities designed to entertain the whole family.
One of the most tried-and-true things to do with your family is heading to the zoo, and the Hutchinson Zoo has plenty of fun activities and animals to see. You and your crew can hitch a ride on the train, check out the Prairie Dog Complex, marvel at the Lagoon Overlook, and visit with feathered creatures in the Wildlife Aviary.
Yoder Amish Community
An established community for over 125 years and with 100 Amish families, Yoder offers tourists the sight of horse and buggies and historical homes, as well as handmade goods and locally-grown, fresh food.
Dillon Nature Center
Get outside and in the midst of beautiful landscapes at the Dillon Nature Center. It features three miles of trails, a fishing pond, and a children’s play area, in addition to over 300 species of plants and 200 species of birds.
Want to get out of the house but stay out of the sweltering, hot weather? Strataca gives you and your family the unique experience of heading 650 feet underground to a salt mine beneath Kansas. A guided tour leads visitors through chambers and lets you collect your own piece of salt from the mine. Plus, the Underground Vaults & Storage chamber is used to securely keep many objects including movie props and costumes!
There are many more family-friendly outdoor activities in Hutchinson, but these should get you started on a great summer. To ensure your car is up to the driving challenges of summer, schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Midwest Superstore.